National Prison Museum | World Heritage Colonies of Benevolence
National Prison Museum | World Heritage Colonies of Benevolence
National Prison Museum | World Heritage Colonies of Benevolence
National Prison Museum | World Heritage Colonies of Benevolence
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National Prison Museum | World Heritage Colonies of Benevolence - Veenhuizen

N 53.0408306 / E 6.3917719

The Colonies of Benevolence has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2021 and is located both in the Netherlands and in Flanders. From 1818, colonies were founded here in undeveloped areas in the old Kingdom of the Netherlands. The aim was to give the poor people from the city work and a better life in the countryside. A social experiment that wanted to improve the world and society through structure, coercion and discipline.

About one million (!) Belgians and Dutch are descendants of people who lived in the Colonies of Weldadigheid. Delve into the archives at https://www.kolonienvanweldadigheid.eu/zoek-je-voorouders and find out if you too are a descendant!

The National Prison Museum is one of the visitor centres of the Colonies of Benevolence. The interactive museum takes you into the history of crime and punishment from 1600 to the present day. Don't forget to take a surprising tour through Veenhuizen in the old crook bus. Tens of thousands of prisoners have travelled before you, as this bus was used to transport prisoners between the residential and work camps.

Want to visit other parts of the Colonies of Weldadigheid? Go to: https://www.kolonienvanweldadigheid.eu

National Prison Museum | World Heritage Colonies of Benevolence
National Prison Museum | World Heritage Colonies of Benevolence
National Prison Museum | World Heritage Colonies of Benevolence
National Prison Museum | World Heritage Colonies of Benevolence

National Prison Museum | World Heritage Colonies of Benevolence
Oudegracht 1
9341AA Veenhuizen

Contact details
T: 0592-388264
E: info@gevangenismuseum.nl

Opening hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday Closed

Open on Easter Monday, Liberation Day, Ascension Day and Whitsun Day. In the summer holidays also open on Mondays.

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